Batcombe, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2 miles ESE of Evershot station on the G.W.R., and 3 ½ NW of Cerne-Abbas. It includes Newland tithing. Dorchester is the post town; money order and telegraph office, Evershot. Acreage, 1120 ; population, 123. The living is a rectory, annexed to the rectory of Frome-Vauchurch, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £260 with residence, in the gift of the Earl of Sandwich. The church is old and small.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Batcombe St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Cerne (1835-)|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1767. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by Ancestry.co.uk and made available on their site (subscription required).
Church of England
St. Mary (parish church)
The parish church of St Mary is a small Gothic edifice of stone, restored in 1864, and consisting of chancel and nave, north porch and an embattled western tower containing 2 bells: there are 130 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Batcombe was in Cerne Registration District from 1837 to 1838, Dorchester Registration District from 1838 to 1937, and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Batcombe from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Online maps of Batcombe are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.